• Ion Cannons always legal

    If you get Ion Cannons by capturing a ship or by purchasing the Manticore, they are always legal, even though they are often found on Pirate vessels and legal ones are supposed to be found only on Federation ships.

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.

  • Loop around in systems

    If you fly far enough in one direction without entering hyperspace, you'll eventually appear on the other side of the system you are currently in. Hostile ships, auto-pilot and escorts will act as though you were still on the side you were initially on. This is useful landing on blockaded planets.

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.


  • Government Ships

    All these are done via missions. This does not include capturing the ship, but making available in shipyards.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Auroran Cruiser, CarrierBecome Heraan Thurokiir
    Auroran Firebird, Phoenix, AbominationBecome a warrior of the Heraan House
    Auroran ThunderforgeComplete 2nd Auroran offshoot, wait about 30 gamedays
    Fed Destroyer, CarrierBecome the Fed Ambassador
    Fed Scout ShipComplete the Fed weapon runs
    Fed Viper, Andaconda, Patrol BoatComplete the Fed secure prisoner missions
    Pegasus, Starliner, LeviathanComplete first Sigma Mission, do not fail 2nd or 3rd
    Polaris Arachnid, ScarabComplete 2/3 Polaris Missions
    Polaris Manta, Striker, DragonComplete first few Polaris missions
    Polaris RavenComplete almost all the Polaris Missions, probably about 5 missions left at this point
    Polaris ZephyrFinish either Track A or B Polaris missions (you are not notified of it's development in Track A)
    R.A.G.E. GunboatComplete 6th Gli-Tech-Nia mission (Fed storyline only)
    Rebel Dragon, Destroyer, IDA FrigateComplete most Rebel missions (about 2/3)
    Rebel Viper, Lightning, Thunderhead, Valkrye, StarbridgeBecome Ory-Hara
    UnrelentingComplete 2/3 Pirate missions
    Vell-os ArrowBecome a T2
    Vell-os DartBecome a T3
    Vell-os JavelinBecome a T1

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.

  • Outfits, Weapons

    All are unlocked by doing missions. This does not include getting them by capturing ships, but by making them available in the outfitters.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Bio-Relay Laser, Fusion Reactor, Polaris Jammer, WrathiiComplete 1/3 Polaris Missions
    Capacitor Pulse Laser, Spun Diamond, Shield Organele, Organic Shields, Manta Bay, Anti-Matter Reactor, Nilk'emorya Jammer, Polaron TorpedosComplete 2/3 Polaris missions
    Cloaking Organ 1.1Wait 180 game days after Cloaking Organ is unlocked in Track B
    Etheric Wake MissleComplete 3rd Gli-Tech-Nia Mission
    Fire While Cloaked Wrathii, Polaron Torps, Tunneling Organ, Multi-Jump OrganUnlocked at various points in 2nd Polaris offshoot
    Fusion Pulse Battery, Auroran Radar and IR Jammers, 100mm Turreted Rail Gun, Firebird and Phoenix Bays, Disabling Radar missles and Fusion weaponsComplette 2/3 Auroran Missions
    Heavy Blaster Turret, Titanium Lattice, Quad Light Blaster Turret, Shield Buffer, Shield Recharger, Legal Ion Cannons, Fed Viper and Andaconda BaysComeplete 2/3 Fed Missions
    Ionization Dampener, Repair Droids, Overdrive, Aullival Sutherland DampenerUnlocked at various stages in Pirate offshoot
    Moash IFF Projecotor, Federation IFF Projector, Transmission JammerComplete 1st Auroran offshoot
    Polaris Cloaking OrganComplete Track A or B Polaris Missions (not notified in Track A)
    Polaron CannonComplete 2nd Gli-Tech-Nia mission OR earn in Pirate offshoot
    Polaron Multi-TorpedosUnlock the Raven
    Real Thorium Reactor, Fed Cloak, Fed Radar and IR JammersComplete 2/3 Fed Missions
    Rebel Viper Bay, Illegal Quad Light and Heavy Blaster Turrets, Rebel Wrathii, Rebel Cloak, Rebel Bio-Relay Laser, Rebel Radar and IR JammersComplete 2/3 Rebel Missions
    Sigma Mass Addition, Mount Reinforcement, Engine Tune-up, Eletrical Rewriring, Mass ExpansionComplete 1st Sigma Mission, do not fail 2nd or 3rd
    Telekinetic Boost, Hostility Sense, Distraction Sense, T6-0 Strength Levels, Flower of Spring, Summer Bloom, Autumn Petal, Create Dart, Winter TempestFirst few, become a T4. Flower is T3, Bloom is T2, Petal and Darts are T1, Tempest is T0. Strength Levels correspond with the T Ranks.
    Wrathii (Federation)Complete 5th Gli-Tech-Nia Mission

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.

  • Ranks

    Most ranks are unlocked through missions. Most are permanent, others can be lost.

    UnlockableHow to Unlock
    Cunjo Hunter25% to get when you go Cunjo Hunting
    Director of the Bureau of Internal InvestigationsComplete Federation storyline
    Federation AmbassadorComplete 2/3 Fed Missions
    Federation Naval CommanderComepete 1/3 Fed Missions
    First Thurokiir of the Auroran EmpireLead the Heraan House to becoming the First Family
    Have Hypergate AccessStart the 3rd Sigma Mission OR become Ory-Hara
    Heraan ThurokiirWin the disabling duel against the other pack members
    Kar'Hallarn, Leader of the PackComplete about 1/2 Auroran missions
    Knight of the Red BranchComplete Wild Geese storyline with Michalean alive and McGowan accepting the peace proposal
    Member of the Guild of Bounty HuntersComplete 1st Bounty Hunter mission, rank is very fragile and can be easily lost through many means.
    Ory-HaraComplete 1/3 Rebel missions
    Ory'HaraComplete 1/3 Polaris Missions
    Pirate Guild MasterComeplete 1/2 Pirate Missions
    Sworn Enemy of the Wild GeeseBoard Eamon Flanaggin's ship (destroying doesn't count), replaces Knight of Red Branch if you have it
    T6, T5, T4, T3, T2, T1, T0Complete Vell-os missions, ranks earned in that order
    U.N. Shipping CourierComplete 1st U.N. mission
    Warrior of the Heraan HouseComplete the duel for initiation

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.

Easter Eggs

  • ATMOS dudes/system

    All of the ATMOS crew, as well as several Ambrosia employees, and Matt Burch are in the game as personalities.

    After you beat one of the major storylines, there will be 4 new planets in north-western space. These four systems belong to some of the ATMOS developers, and can be found one jump up and one jump to the right of South Manchester

    Contributed By: ambrosia.

  • Blue Zephyr

    Sometimes you will come across a Polaris Zephyr named Shade of Blue. He was the beta tester who named the ship he flies. He has extra weapons that the normal Zephyr doesn't have, such as a 200mm Rail Gun. If you capture him, he will stay blue. You can then fly around and impress your friends with your blue Zephyr.

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.

  • Read hidden Thank you's from the producers

    To read hidden Thank you's from the producers of this game, simply press the ''X'' key on the main menu.

    Contributed By: Cool mario 6446.

  • You Killed Kenny

    Create a new pilot with the name 'kenny' (not strict play), and proceed to play the game like normal. Any time you are killed, the status window (on the main menu) shows 'Oh my God! You killed Kenny!'

    Contributed By: ambrosia.

  • Zero Wing Reference

    Cats, from the game Zero Wing, appears in Escape Velocity Nova flying a red Leviathan. Hail him and the normal Leviathan picture will be replaced with a picture of him. Send him a greetings and he will respond with his infamous "All your base are belong to us" line. Also, attacking him will cause him to shout "For Great Justice!" He has extra weapons, such as Pirate Viper Bays, which you will have if you capture and use him as your own ship. He won't stay red if captured, however.

    Contributed By: TwilightPhoenix.

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